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Social Services

Meijer stores pitching in excess to feed needy

URBANA — A grocery item that isn't quite perfect enough to be sold retail can still feed a hungry family.

So two Meijer stores in Champaign-Urbana are now donating their excess food to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, and the foodbank is making several pickups a week.

"Every time we can get a new retailer on board, it's a huge benefit," food bank spokeswoman Julie Melton said.

Catholic Charities has new take on old mission

CHAMPAIGN — To feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless.

Catholic Charities of Peoria once partnered with the state to provide services for the poor and vulnerable because that partnership was in keeping with its mission.

Women's SAFE House plans open house Sunday

CHAMPAIGN — The new Women's SAFE House at 502 E. Church St., C, will host an open house at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Danville Habitat seeks potential homeowners

DANVILLE — Habitat for Humanity of Danville officials are looking for people who are interested in owning a home built by the organization.

Officials will hold an application fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St.

Members of the board's Family Selection Committee will be on hand to walk people through the application process.

Agency founder seeks volunteers for survey of homeless

CHAMAPIGN — Wanted: At least 100 adults age 18 and older, willing to spare a few hours to help survey the homeless folks of Champaign-Urbana.

What volunteers might gain: an eye-opening of a lifetime.

Disability resources are focus of expo

URBANA — More than 70 organizations will gather at Lincoln Square Village, Urbana, Oct. 13 to show the local community what's available to serve people with disabilities.

This sixth annual Disability Resource Expo is sponsored by the Champaign County Developmental Disabilities Board, the Champaign County Mental Health Board and local businesses and organizations.

Heating bill help offered in Champaign County

URBANA — Appointments are now being taken for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for households that have had their heating utility disconnected or with children under age 5.

Habitat chapter celebrates 20th anniversary

CHAMPAIGN — Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County rounded up 150 volunteers to build its first house at 1204 W. Beslin St., U, in 1992.

Habitat for Humanity Home: Dublin St. in Urbana

Work on the Habitat for Humanity home on Dublin in Urbana on Friday, September 28, 2012.

Group seeks help making blankets for children in South Africa

URBANA — If you can knit or crochet a 6-inch square, and have a little time to spare, you can help warm a needy child in South Africa.